|The Ridgewood Reservoir. Photo by Katharine Jose|
Monday, October 4, 2010
Ridgewood Reservoir: Wilderness at the Edge of Bushwick by Katharine Jose | Capital New York
On a 50-acre piece of land on the border between Brooklyn and Queens is three-basin reservoir that was once part of the Brooklyn water supply system, and that hasn’t been touched in at least 40 years. Inside the chain-link fence around it is an impossible landscape: thick forest, wet meadows, a small lake ringed with reeds; the Ridgewood Reservoir has been restoring itself to its original ecology for decades. Standing in the right place on the 1.25 mile path, the place smells, sounds and looks like the marshes on the coast of New England. And it’s virtually unknown.